About Checkers Bistro
Lancaster, PA 17603
The sophisticated and timeless Dining Room offers diners a warm and intimate space to enjoy Chef Daniels inventive seasonal menus. The dining room is divided in to 3 areas, the Wine Salon, the Stage and the Champions Room.
The Wine Salon is an elegantly appointed dining area that faces the glass-enclosed wine cellar.
The Stage is a raised area, longer than it is wide, facing a full-length wall of beautiful old casement windows.
The Champions Room is a private area that can be part of the restaurant flow or cordoned off for privacy.
French American, American, Asian
Hours of Operation:
Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm -10:00pm
Sunday: 4:30pm -9:00pm
$31 to $50
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Many of our guests look to host special events, like birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, or private business functions offsite, at their homes or business. Checkers Bistro provides catering and event management throughout the Lancaster area. Our team will help you locate the perfect location and do everything necessary to create a unique event. Whether entertaining for an intimate gathering of friends, planning a wedding, larger special occasion or a full day business event, we will listen to your needs, assess the challenges and lead you through every step to assure a wonderful experience.
Parking is available in parking lots in both the front (off Charlotte Street) and the rear (off Harrisburg Avenue), along the street on Charlotte Street and in the Snavely Lumber’s parking lot, just a half a block up Charlotte Street.
Red Rose Transit Authority buses stop and pickup 1 block from the restaurant.
James Street is the closest public transport bus stop.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Checkers Bistro Ratings and Reviews
We have been frequent patrons of Checker ...
We have been frequent patrons of Checkers for the last 9 years and have found that the location, food and atmosphere are often wonderful. However, the service and particularly the management can be erratic. I had made a reservation for 6:00 on a Wednesday night to celebrate my husbands B-day. We arrived at 5:50 and were told that our table was not ready and that we could sit at the bar and wait. It is important to note that the restaurant was not overly crowded. We ordered 2 glasses of wine and at 6:05 my husband asked if our table was ready and we were seated at our table soon thereafter. After being seated at our table we waited another 15 minutes and our table had not been approached by a server. I called another local restaurant to see if they had a table and we left. This is not the first time that we have had challenging service or experiences at Checkers. Last year we had friends that were coming in from out of town and had made a reservation for 8 guests. Unfortunately, we had to cancel b/c there was a blizzard. We gave them more than 24 hours notice and because Checkers is relatively close to our house my husband and I did still had dinner there. We then wanted to re-schedule our reservation and they wanted a $200.00 deposit to make another reservation. This is the type of management inconsistencies that we have experienced at Checkers.
Our meal was very good as was the decor ...
Our meal was very good as was the decor and ambiance. I was disappointed that Checkers only offered ONE choice for a glass of Chardonnay for $14. It was a California chardonnay that was ok. I would prefer at least another option.
A good find in Lancaster. If you happen ...
A good find in Lancaster. If you happen to be in Lancaster from NYC or some other big metro area, you will be happy you found Checker's Bistro. A little off the beaten path if you are staying in the central part of town, its worth the walk or very short cab ride. Good entree choices and wine list. I had the steak frites and it was really nicely prepared. My wife had the scallops. We really enjoyed it and was the best dinner we had over the 3 days we stayed in Lancaster for a big youth sport tourney.
This was our first time visiting since t ...
This was our first time visiting since the restaurant had moved. It was amazing! The staff was so friendly, the ambiance and seating were wonderful, and the food was delicious! We drove an hour to eat at this restaurant and we will be back again and again!
The food and service were excellent! The ...
The food and service were excellent! The entree portions were perfect sizes and the duck tacos were on point! The praline chocolate mouse was divine. The raspberry sauce added just enough pop in your mouth. The chocolate Tart was great, but by the end a bit overwhelming. The service was impeccable and set to the right speed to enjoy a date.
My only critique would be that the beet salad could have used more goat cheese. Our experience was great and we can't wait to come back!
The staff was lovely .. Prompt greeting ...
The staff was lovely .. Prompt greeting , attentive service , great cocktails .. However the food did not live up to its descriptions So so crab cake ..tough asparagus Fishy swordfish .. And none of it was hot coming out of the kitchen .. For the prices ... I expected better
We went here for my birthday and arrived ...
We went here for my birthday and arrived early for our reservation, so we went to the bar for drinks and an appetizer. We gave our name to the hostess upon arriving and when our reservation time arrived, one of the wait staff met us at the bar to take us to our table. Nice that we did not have to search for someone at our reservation time. The ambiance is nice...decorated for winter, so it felt cozy and elegant. We ate in a nice, secluded spot - high back, velvet booth (but maybe it was just a tad too dark ). I like how there are separate dining areas , which have even more secluded sections like the one we were in. Our waiter was the perfect balance of friendly, attentive, and professional, and he took into consideration we were there to celebrate a birthday. I ordered the filet, which was very good. My boyfriend ordered the grilled salmon, which was just okay. It was very light and did not looked grilled, but it was done. The cocktails and wine were good, as well as the calamari appetizer. We will go back for sure and order different dishes for variety. There were a number of items that sounded appetizing...they have signature dishes and some seasonal. I liked that a few of the desserts were unique and seasonal...the ginger ice cream paired with thinly sliced fruitcake was an upscale version of this holiday bread that people usually steer clear of! My vanilla crème brulee was presented with a chocolate syrup, "Happy Birthday" message on the plate. Don't worry - no Happy Birthday quartets will show up at your table! :)
The filet was very flavorful. Having ma ...
The filet was very flavorful. Having magazines on the table, since I was eating alone, was a very nice touch. They mention on the menu to silence your cellphone, which is a great idea. I will certainly have dinner at Checkers again.
This was my first experience at Checkers ...
This was my first experience at Checkers and it was fantastic! All of our food was amazing and the service was great. It was also a New Year's celebration so each party received 20% off their dinner. On top of the percentage off dinner, each person was given a gift, picked a number from a basket, and the gifts ranged from a candle to a bottle of wine. It was an amazing first experience! Will definitely go back for another special occasion.
We received an email inviting us for a p ...
We received an email inviting us for a promotional evening with 20% off and giveaway /thank you for your business New Year gifts.
We invited friends to join us after we booked for two and there was no problem with them accommodating the change.
The apple walnut salad was very good. The beef dish delicious. Dessert was a very flavourful and unique presentation of fruit cake. Light and delicious.
This was my first visit to Checkers. Eve ...
This was my first visit to Checkers. Everything about the experience was wonderful. Excellent menu. All food was prepared perfectly. Service was also excellent. Our waiter was attentive, knowledgeable and just did the little things right so I knew he was listening.
Checkers NEVER disappoints. Last visit ...
Checkers NEVER disappoints. Last visit was New Year's Eve and they were really on their game for the crunch of the evening. We were promptly seated and treated to a wonderful meal. The food came with great presentation from appys to dessert. Alert and attentive service throughout the meal.
Ive been going to checkers since they ha ...
Ive been going to checkers since they had been on mulberry st which I belive was just a bit more romantic compared to the new location. For the food its still great the only complaint i would have is, that I feel like the filet got even smaller and the price went up from 15$ on the old menu and location to 24$ on the new menu and location along with most of the food prices other than that still a great place to eat
As usual, Checkers lived up to its good ...
As usual, Checkers lived up to its good name. Popped in for a quick brunch. My Steak Frites was excellent. I swapped my duck egg for a chicken egg, server was happy oblige. Great service and ambience. I've never had a bad experience here.
This place is beautiful and cozy, yet mo ...
This place is beautiful and cozy, yet modern. The wait staff is very attentive. The food is just amazing. And the cocktails are so interesting and delicious. It's not a cheap place, but a really fun special occasion dining experience
The only concern was that we were from N ...
The only concern was that we were from New York,celebrating our51st Anniversary, and could not locate the restaurant. The restaurant did not have a sign indicating where they were located. Called the restaurant to get directions, and, the phone went into voice mail. We almost left; however, we did find the restaurant, and thoroughly enjoyed our meal.
Also surprised that the restaurant did not acknowledge our Anniversary even though my daughter advised them when she made the reservation.
Food was delicious, as it always is. The ...
Food was delicious, as it always is. The petite filet is hard not to order each time. Significant time passed as we waited for our drink order from the bar, but once they did, they were spot-on. Fellow diners were extremely noisy. We could handle their conversation topics, but I imagine others would not. Middinner, our kind server did offer us an option to move. We declined because we were almost done, but it did dampen our overall date night.
Checkers is our place to celebrate life' ...
Checkers is our place to celebrate life's important moments. This visit was no exception. A close girl friend had recently lost one of her dearest friends and I wanted to take her out so she could share with me all that was special about this person and to celebrate his life.
We sat in a private booth and ran the gamut of emotions as she shared his story. The service staff was courteous and respectful, and diligent as always. The food and wine were a nourishing comfort and perfect for such a celebration.
Once again Checkers Bistro - most importantly, the people - provided a warm and special space to share, celebrate and , in this case , heal and, well, live.
I made a reservation for a date night wi ...
I made a reservation for a date night with my husband at Checkers Bistro and could not have been more pleased. We arrived 10 minutes before our reservation time and they seated us right away. The menu is smaller but has enough choices ofor, starters, salads, entrees and desserts. You are bound to like something or possibly try something new. We had the French onion and lobster bisque and these delicious warm rolls and butter to start. Both soups were amazing. My husband had ordered the coffee cured petite filet and I had the roasted chicken. Both had flavors that were out of this world. They serve Saratoga water, which was a relief because both my husband and I are water snobs and can't stand the taste of "filtered" city water. Out server was so friendly and checked on us at the most perfect times and did not make us feel rushed. You feel like you're important and someone special when dining here. I highly, highly recommend Checkers Bistro.
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